2 + 2 makes 4 - But what aboout feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Doodadman, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. Doodadman

    Doodadman In the Brooder

    Jun 20, 2009
    I just added two 8 week old hens to my 2 15 month old hens. I am happily surprised that the transition has gone smoothly. I just have ine concern. I have layer crumble for the older birds. The young and older birds are sharing the same food. Am I harming the younger ones by not having a starter mix for them?

  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    Yes, unfortunately you probably are. Layer feed has way too much calcium for developing chicks. It won't make them sick, but does often cause organ damage which will shorten their lives. A few days is probably not enough to cause major harm but it would be best to change feeds as soon as possible. I use gamebird feed (many others use flockraiser) for my mixed age/species flock and it works very well. I also keep oyster shell out free choice so the layers can meet their calcium needs. The youngsters don't bother with the oyster shell until they get close to laying age so there's no need to try to keep it out of reach.
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:I agree!!! Or you could stay on grower feed for everyone with oyster shell on the side. I have no clue which one is better.
  4. woodmort

    woodmort Songster

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    There have been a lot of questions on this lately: The best thing is always feed to the younger birds, go to layer when they are all laying. They'll get by on the grower or flock raiser and free choice oyster shell.

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